Judith Ann Hartley, 75, of Traverse City, Michigan, passed away on January 16, 2018. Judy was born on September 15th, 1942 to the late Maurice and Virginia DeVlieger. She was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she graduated from St. Mary High School. She went on to receive a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Psychology and Sociology from Oakland University. She worked as a secretary for GM before moving to Traverse City, where she took a job with the State of Michigan as an interviewer for people with disabilities. She remained living in Traverse City into her retirement.
Judy was a poet and a visual artist (both drawing and photography). She was generous and shared her work widely with friends, family and community. She was able to put into words subtle aspects of life that are often hard to describe. She was Catholic, and the close study of the bible was central to her life. She was also a great lover of music and spent many happy hours listening to artists such as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. She had a deep fondness for cats, who often found their way into her poetry.
Judy was extremely independent and self-sufficient, and had an acute intelligence that enabled her to follow her own path from a young age, a path that often took her towards nature, art and great friends. She was the rare kind of person who, despite having an appreciation for solitude, loved to share her time and humor with others. Judy touched the lives of many with her distinct combination of playfulness, truthfulness and heart.
She is survived by her children Scott (Karen), Alix-Ann (Martin) and Angie (Wallace), her grandchildren Jordan (Paige), Shelby, Kathryn, Jenna, Jay and her great grandson Lucas and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was a dear and devoted sister to the late Gayle Powell.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m., with family greeting friends from 10 a.m., on May 12, 2018, at St. Francis Church on Union Street in Traverse City. A luncheon will follow services.
Published on May 14, 2018